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Sibyl Creasey and Shirley Fuller have extracted news articles from two old county newspapers, the Canton Herald and the Wills Point Chronicle that have been microfilmed. Complete articles and more are available to researchers in the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton. Copies of these articles are also available by writing to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. When requesting a copy, please send a check or money order for $2 to cover cost of copying and postage.

Wills Point Chronicle, March 12, 1931

"Julian Guy Sewell and Prentice Crumpler, students in the University of Texas are listed on the honor roll of the college of arts and science for the fall semester of the 1930-1931 session. This was a distinct honor in view of the fact that there were only 399 out of a total enrollment of 3,300 students who met the requirements for listing on the honor roll.

"Eubank Bros. have rented the Russell building adjoining their hardware department and have moved their stock of furniture into it from the Masonic building. The firm feels that they are now better prepared to care for the needs of their patrons and invite them to call and see them.
Many changes have been made in their new quarters and Lee Eubank, manager states that they will open the furniture department on Friday March 13 for business when they will have open house. The store mentioned is carrying an ad in this issue of the Chronicle giving everyone an invitation to come and inspect their new place.

"Mrs. K. S. Cowles entertained members of the Wednesday Book Club Wednesday afternoon. The club's annual "Texas Day" program was presented by Mesdames Gready, Garrett, Hill, Williams and Hughes, with Mrs. A. B. Swank directing. The rooms were decorated with spring flowers and a Texas flag was displayed. Dainty refreshments were served by Mesdames Cowles and Gibson.

"The young women of the Methodist church met in the basement of the church on Monday afternoon and organized a Young Women's Missionary Society. There were many present and plans were made and discussed, also electing the following officers. President. Mrs. Hubert Clark; vice-president, Mrs. R. L. Brooks; recording secretary, Mrs. A. W. Campbell; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Francis Lea; treasurer, Miss Sarah Virginia Lindsey; local chairman, Mrs. K. K. Norton; and supply chairman, Mrs. S. E. Spears.
The young women of the church are cordially invited and urged to join this newly organized society and help make it a success.

"The depositories of the county received this week an additional payment of the scholastic apportionment of $4.00. To date the state has paid $9.50, which leaves $8.00 to be paid. This will be paid at intervals between now and September 1, it is thought.

"W. R. Howell, a prominent Wills Point citizen and former banker, died Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas, where he had undergone an operation. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Methodist church in Wills Point, conducted by the pastor, Dr. L. F. Brothers, assisted by Rev. Ewell, pastor of the Christian church. John E. Owens of Dallas, an intimate associate of the deceased during his long career as a banker in Wills Point paid tribute to his memory as a friend, as a business man and as a citizen.
The pall bearers were Wright Bruce, Charlie Dean, O. L. Pate, Ben Dean, Reynolds Hughes, Dr. T. K. Provence, Jack Brothers Jr. and Henry Gilchrist.
Mr. Howell was 75 years of age and had made his home in Wills Point since coming to Texas as a child with his parents from Alabama. Mr. Howell was married first to Miss Alta Proctor Taylor of Dallas. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. L. A. Stemmons of Dallas, Mrs. C. M. Henderson of Amarillo and Mrs. Estelle Wilderskin of Fort Worth and a son, John E. Howell of Dallas. Later, Mr. Howell married Miss Eva Green of Dallas. She also survives and two brothers, Spencer and Blount Howell, live at Wills Point. A third brother L. L. Howell lives at Chisholm. A more extended mention of the life and character of this good man will appear in the next issue of this paper.

"BRIGHT STAR: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Venable of near Wills Point spent part of the week with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shelton. - Miss Maggie Bell Adkins spent Saturday night with Miss Irene Patterson. - Mr. and Mrs. Z. F. Ragan and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Vance and baby, all of Wills Point spent Wednesday night with Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Davis.

"COBB SWITCH; Rain, rain, we are having our part of rain in this community. Although it did not rain Sunday as usual. - Mrs. M. P. Waldrop and two children spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Cash near Canton. - Miss Johnie Ruth White has been spending the week with her brother in Terrell. - J. M. Whitton and Charlie McElroy of this place visited Misses Zethel and Verna Jones of Ben Wheeler Sunday afternoon.

"PALMER GROVE: March has brought us some real winter weather,
quite a bit of snow fell Friday night. Everything was frozen up Saturday and Sunday. - Jeff Champion of Grapevine, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Champion, will fill the pulpit at the church next Sunday morning at 11 o'clock.. - Arthur McNeely was a Terrell visitor Sunday.

"BOARD: Rev. J. H. Vines filled his appointment at New Home Saturday night and Sunday. - Born to Jack Goodman and wife March 7, a baby girl. Mother and babe are doing fine. - Mrs. Irene Johnson was called to the bedside of her brother-in-law of Longview Wednesday.- Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Galloway and Miss Oscar Fair, our school teachers, spent the week-end with relatives in Honey Grove.
- Durwood Hogan received a message Friday night that his little daughter, Gwendolyn, was better and would stay in Kansas City, Mo., under the care of the doctor. We hope she will come home well. - Remember church Saturday night and Sunday. One of the foreign missionaries will be with us.

"MORINCE: Miss Natalie Hendrix left Sunday for Dallas where she has a position. - Angus Foster returned from Longview Thursday where he has been working. - Miss Alma Persons, who has been visiting her sister in Longview, returned last week."

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